Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BluRay ROM / 16x DVD±RW Lightscribe SATA-II Optical Drive - Black Review
This is my review of the Samsung SH-B123L/BSBP 12x BluRay ROM / 16x DVD±RW Lightscribe SATA-II Optical Drive - Black.
I was looking for a low priced drive my new build, it needed to be a DVD writer, would fit into the external 5.25-inch drive bay on my PC, and also a bonus requirement was for Blue Ray playback. For about £50 I've got both of those features in the Samsung drive, although the price is a little steeper than if I'd just gone for the DVD burner, it does give me the option to run BluRays on the PC, not just the TV, which may be useful in the future, I'm not sure yet, time will tell.
The Samsung drive has a mirror finished drive door, surrounded by a black effect. The eject button is a wide blue illuminated button. The blue illumination has a smart appearance and gives a nice design touch to the PC. The wide button also provides great functional use, such as if you're leaning down from above the drive, and you need to pass your finger past the drive door, the wide button makes it easy to locate the eject button to close the door without having to wiggle around, which would be the case on smaller buttons.
Where is the future of DVDs? I used to think they were fantastic compared to my VHS recorder for watching movies, albeit on a 21-inch or even 14-inch TV set. BluRay is certainly starting to take hold in the retail stores, though DVD seems still to be the mass marked. On my 40 inch LED TV, I can see obvious differences between a DVD and a BluRay, the DVD image has less fine detail, and certainly makes less of an impression on the LED TV. DVD, although watchable on the LED TV, degrades the overall experience, though not too noticably, only really when compared with a BlueRay, but enough for me to only want to buy BluRay discs now. In terms of software, it still comes on DVD, but BluRay offers much greater storage. There's also great competiion from USB Flash drives and SD card. My personal preference is the SD card, they're almost £1 per 1GB, they're incredibly small and portable, and even mimic the appearance of the old floppy 3.5-inch discs. Don't forget online and the clouds of course! Clearly though, DVD is still the mass market for portable media, especially if you're lacking an internet connection, which you maybe when making a new build.